Opioid Addiction and Chronic Pain

NIH Pain Consortium Symposium Highlights

The United States is facing a double crisis: opioid addiction and unrelieved pain. An estimated two million Americans are addicted to opioids; overdose fatality rates rose more than 20 percent in the past two years. Some 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain and lack effective non-opioid treatments to manage that pain.

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From the Deputy Director for Intramural Research

Seek and Ye Shall Find: Collaborative Science at the NIH

I feel very strongly about the importance of collaboration, not only because of my personal scientific interactions, but also because I have seen time and again difficult problems solved when appropriate collaborators are sought and found.

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A Sampling of Intramural Pain Research

Most of the NIH institutes and centers (ICs) are supporting or doing pain research. Following is a sampling intramural pain research being conducted at four ICs: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH); National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); and National Institute on Nursing Research (NINR).

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News Briefs

The NIH Clinical Center opened a hospice unit recently; the U.S. Public Health Service flag is a permanent fixture at NIH.

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News You Can Use: Finding a Collaborator

Eight Ways to Find an Intramural Collaborator

There are many ways to find intramural collaborators. Here are eight suggestions. 

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News You Can Use: Green Labs

How to Make Your Lab Go Green

There’s a lot of talk these days about labs “going green” in an effort to reduce their environmental footprint and promote sustainable laboratory practices. But what does “going green” mean exactly, and how do you go about it?

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Colleagues: Recently Tenured

Meet your recently tenured colleagues: Zhen Chen (NICHD), Jessica Gill (NINR), Perwez Hussain (NCI-CCR), Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable (NHLBI), and Yousuke Takahama (NCI-CCR, pictured).

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Thomas A. Waldmann, M.D.

Who would have thought that a mere $50 grant could launch a career in medical research? But that’s exactly what happened in 1954 when Harvard Medical School gave a $50 grant to Thomas Waldmann who went on to have distinguished career at NIH. 

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Research Briefs

Read about NIH advances: Discovery of virus clusters; how coronaviruses evolve to infect different species; why wounds heal faster in the mouth than on the skin; predictor for immunotherapy response in melanoma; diagnosing gestational diabetes earlier; drug therapy restores hearing in mice; and more.

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For the Love of Worms

De’Broski Herbert’s WALS Lecture


De’Broski Herbert, an associate professor of immunology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Philadelphia), regaled a WALS audience with stories of his research on worms.

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NIH in History: Greenhouse

Yes, NIH was studying plants years ago.

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NIH in History: Two Exhibits

Among the many exhibits about NIH history on campus, is a new one on Michael Potter and Christian Boehmer Anfinsen (in the Clinical Center) and new installment of neuroanatomy drawings by Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Porter Neuroscience Center).

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The Training Page


SIGs Facilitate Scientific Dialogue at the NIH

Science is continuously becoming more interdisciplinary and we are expected to obtain and retain both depth and breadth in our respective areas of expertise. One easy way to lessen the challenge is to participate in in one or more of NIH’s Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs). 

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The SIG Beat



The PAIN Scientific Interest Group provides a forum where researchers from different backgrounds can openly exchange their ideas and perspectives as well as discuss the latest technical approaches for the study of pain.

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News about events, deadlines: Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation seeks NIH proposals, special lectures and courses, and more.

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